Fall 2022

Buen vivir

Listed in: Spanish, as SPAN-419


Paul A. Schroeder Rodriguez (Section 01)


The last two decades have seen the popularization of the Kichwa concepts of sumak kawsay (vida armónica, life in harmony) and alli kawsay (buen vivir, good living) thanks to the former’s adoption as part of the constitution of Ecuador in 2008.  Bolivia soon followed suit when it incorporated the analogous concepts of ñandereko (Guaraní for harmonious life) and suma qamaña (Aymara for buen convivir, good coliving) to its new constitution in 2009. This course will examine the various meanings and theorizations of these concepts in Andean and Amazonian philosophies, how they have been instrumentalized by the States of Ecuador and Bolivia, and how they are being reclaimed by communities who assert that the State is not honoring their constitutional right to life in harmony, nor its requisite practices of good living.  With this historical and theoretical framework in mind, we will then explore how these concepts and practices help to make sense of a number of artistic texts (films, narratives, poems, songs, murals) by and for Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities throughout Latin America.  For their final projects, students will have the option to write about one or more of these artistic texts, or produce an original artistic text aligned with the values of sumac kawsay/ñandereko and alli kawsay/suma qamaña.  The course will be taught in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 301 or consent of the instructor. Spring Semester: Professor Schroeder Rodríguez.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority will be given to Spanish majors. I will maintain an informal waitlist and try to balance the numbers of students from each year: freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations, group work, artistic work, field work or trips, visual analysis, aural analysis.

SPAN 419 - LEC

Section 01
Th 2:30 PM - 5:15 PM CHAP 204


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022